A 27-year-old Gloucester man charged with stealing $28,000 in jewelry, video games and other property in connection with eight daytime burglaries has been released from jail on bond and given a nighttime curfew.
Steven Tozer, who lives on Quail Court in the Holly Springs neighborhood of Gloucester, was released from jail after Judge Jeffrey Shaw set a $10,000 bond at a hearing on Thursday in Gloucester General District Court.
Shaw set a curfew for Tozer of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to court documents. He also ordered him to "seek all available substance abuse and mental health treatment from VA," according to court documents. Tozer also "may not use or possess any substance, legal or illegal, commonly known as `spice' or `bath salts,'" according to court documents.
The big break in Tozer's arrest came two days after Tozer was charged with stealing video games from a house on Pinetta Road on April 7, according to court documents. The resident whose video games had been stolen was in GameStop and had been advised by clerks that his videos had been sold to the store by Tozer, according to search warrant affidavits filed in Gloucester County Circuit Court.
While the resident was talking to the clerks, Tozer walked into the store. The resident confronted Tozer and he left, driving away in a red 2004 Ford Explorer, court documents say.
The resident contacted the Gloucester Sheriff's Office with Tozer's license plate number and investigators ran Tozer's name through an online law enforcement data system. It revealed Tozer had recently sold large quantities of jewelry to Goodman's, Gloucester Pawn Shop and Courthouse Pawn Shop, according to court documents.
The investigation led investigators to the Main Street store called Goodman's, which sells furniture, decor and antiques, according to court documents.
A resident who had a $12,000 diamond ring stolen out of her house identified it at Goodman's, according to court documents. Another resident who had $15,000 in jewelry stolen from her house identified her valuables at Goodman's, according to court documents.
Sheriff's investigators then began a surveillance operation on Tozer on April 10, according to court documents. He was followed to a residence on Crab Thicket Road that he broke into, then left after triggering an audible alarm.
A short time later he was stopped and arrested, later admitting he had property from previous break-ins in his vehicle.
Items seized from his vehicle included jewelry boxes, a coin collection, a silver candlestick, video games and controllers and a GameStop receipt, a bottle of "spice" and a prescription bottle of hydrocodone, according to court documents.
Tozer's next hearing is scheduled for May 23.
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